Post # 1
My husband just got back from taking out 1.5 yr. old border collie mix to the dog park and apparently he jumped off an approx. 8 ft high ledge (it’s prime squirrel chasing season). The ground underneath is grass & still soft from the rain. He said he got up fine after the jump & doesn’t seem to be hurt (continued to chase squirrels & then walked home without a problem). He’s keeping an eye on him to make sure he’s not favouring any of his legs. He did break the clasp on his harness (it’s the easy walker so the side clip is broken) so I’m assuming he either fell on his front legs & then his side or completely on his side. I told my husband to try to touch him on his shoulders & legs to see if it bothers him at all. Is there anything else we should watch for? Anything else we can check to make sure he didn’t hurt himself?
Post # 3
AH, border collies. I had a border collie mix, and MAN do they have a chasing/herding instinct! I think as long as the dog doesn’t seem to be in any kind of pain, you should be in the clear. They are pretty tough!
Post # 4
I owned a miniature schnauzer that took a flying leap of a second story dec, he kept on going and never looked back, he wanted to go play frisbee with the kids and that was that….a dog will let you know if something’s wrong, as scary as it is to see it, he’s most likely fine.
Post # 5
I don’t have experience with Border Collies, but yeah, I would have you or your husband rub his legs and joints to see if he reacts at all. (This is good to do anyways, dogs tend to love it) If he doesn’t react, I wouldn’t worry! You’ve got a beautiful boy there!
Post # 6
My dog is a little daredevil. I can say from experience (with him), that if he hurt himself, we would instantly know. I would say just keep an eye on him, and, as PP mentioned, have your hubby rub his legs and see if there’s any reaction. If not, he’s more than likely fine.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! The worst part is when we were at the park yesterday we had a conversation about how he won’t be dumb enough to jump off the ledge, I guess we were wrong! The squirrels are so fat & slow this time of year that he’ll do anything to get close. We’ll keep an eye on him and make sure he gets some rest.
Post # 8
At some point when your dog’s adrenaline isn’t going (like when he’s relaxed at home) have your husband walk him in a straight line away from you and then towards you. Keep your eyes on his gait and see if you notice lameness in any of his legs.
Also take note of his appetite. If he’s in pain, chances are he won’t feel too much like eating.
Post # 9
My husband just checked in and said they were sitting on the floor together & he seems fine. He said he touched his legs and shoulders without issue. We’ll still keep a close eye on him. His appetite is very easy to monitor since he eats in less than a minute (we put a tennis ball in his food to slow him down). Thank you all for the responses, he makes me so nervous sometimes! The other day he slipped on gravel while running and I was sure he pulled a muscle. Dogs are pretty tough!